The Way: Young Adult Bible Study

We are a group of students and young adults who gather on Sunday evenings at 6 pm for Bible study, fellowship and dinner at our pastor’s home near Watertown Square. For additional details and directions, email Wade.

Join us this spring (2013) for our Bible study on the topic of “Christian Spirituality,” as we seek to increase our awareness of the structures and patterns God has established for our lives so that we can respond appropriately in each moment to the conditions in which He has placed us.  “I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:9).

While we are experiencing this critical phase of life, whether it be in preparation via academic pursuit or whether it be the early stages of our careers, we want to position ourselves for the growth and service that God brings to us as He leads through the life experiences that lie ahead.

We have positioned ourselves in a local assembly of believers where we are learning how to serve within the central organism through which God is carrying out His purpose for the world.

We hold high our responsibility to serve as an evangelist and culture maker to our family, neighbor, fellow members and then to the rest of the world

We want to encourage one another to take our inner life seriously by establishing such habits as private prayer, scripture memorization, and vibrant personal devotions.

Please join us if you are looking for a group of young adults committed to following Jesus Christ.

Schedule

Week Date Topic
1 20 January Introduction: What is Christian Spirituality? (Psalm 116:1–9)
2 27 January Spirituality and Time: Appropriateness and the Sabbath (Genesis 1)
3 3 February no study
4 10 February Spirituality and Place and Stuff (Genesis 2)
5 17 February Created Man: Alive to God (Genesis 1–2)
6 24 February Spirituality and Work/Vocation (Genesis 2)
7 3 March Spirituality and Culture (Genesis 1–2)
8 10 March Spring Conference: no study
9 17 March Spirituality and Mission (Genesis 1–2)
10 24 March John’s Prologue: Why John Brings Us Back to the Beginning (John 1)
11 31 March Easter Sunday: no study

Recommended Reading

Biographies

“To read the lives of great and consecrated men and women is to kindle one’s own heart toward God [Sanders 104].”

  • Courtney Anderson, To the Golden Shore
  • Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer
  • Elisabeth Elliott, Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty
  • Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
  • George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards
  • C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Years
  • Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

Apologetics

“…Don’t be afraid of new ideas – and don’t be carried away with them either.” – Muriel Ormrod

  • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 
  • Tim Keller, The Reason for God
  •  D.A. Carson, The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story
  • G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy  
  • Dorothy Sayers, The Mind of the Maker
  • Greg Bahnsen, Always Ready

Spiritual Growth

“If a [person] is known by the company he keeps, so also is [their] character reflected in the books [they] read [Sanders 104].”

  • D.A. Carson, The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story
  • Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places
  • N.T. Wright, Simply Christianity 
  • John Piper, Desiring God
  • John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Lloyd Jones, Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cures
  • T.S. Eliot, Choruses from the Rock 
  • Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living and Holy Dying 
  • The fiction of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien

Theology

“It is better that we should always tackle something a bit beyond us.” – Muriel Ormrod

  • Wayne Grudem, Bible Doctrines
  • D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
  • D.A. Carson, Commentary on John 
  • James Sire, The Universe Next Door
  • James Bright, The Kingdom of God
  • D. Brent Sandy, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks 

Church History

“Correlate your reading – history with poetry, biography with historical novel… [Sanders 106]”

  • Thomas Kidd, The Great Awakening 
  • Mark Noll, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada 
  • David Bebbington, Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People 
  • Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity